There are seven key sacraments in the Christian faith. Baptism is the leading of the seven. Hallowed baptism is the genesis of spiritual life through which man is formally initiated to the family of Jesus Christ and the embodiment body which is the church. The responsibility of baptism is limited to the priest and as per the conditions of the Christian faith; it is symbolizes the move from the sinful nature of humanity to the way of the righteous (Coye, 2014). It is therefore a sacred responsibility executed in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation refers to the actual pronunciation of the words that a parent or sponsor takes on behave of their young ones in the event of baptism. Majority of kids are baptized at their infant ages and hence cannot literally commit their bodies to their maker. Upon growth they therefore formalize their commitment to God in the leadership of Bishop who lays and on them as prescribed in the Bible such that these Christian acquire the Holy Spirit as their guider and helper (Coye, 2014).
The Holy Communion is a special celebration that unites Christians to Christ’s suffering at the cross through the Holy Communion. The Holy Communion sacrament not only reminds us of the suffering of Jesus Christ because of our sins but also unites the Christian family and covers us with the grace of Christ. God’s unequivocal love to man is fully explained by the sacrifice of his only begotten son to die on the cross so that we can be saved through the death of Jesus Christ. It is the most important event in the Christian calendar that shows the incarnate part of God and love of man (Coye, 2014).
Penance refers to confession and absolution. Man is a sinful creature in nature. Therefore we incessantly deviate from the will of God and hence we have to repent with heavy hearts in order to sustain the righteousness required of us by our maker. Confession is therefore an important quality since it frees our heart of the heavy laden of sin and as well grants us forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ. Prayer and fasting are some examples of contrition useful to all Christians (Coye, 2014).
Unction entails the unique anointing given to chosen few in order to help the sick, provide spiritual comfort and link man to God. The elders of the church in particular are given the responsibility of laying their hands to the sick for them to be forgiven of their sins and healed. Extreme Unction refers to the venture in the journey of eternity through death. It is the preparatory course to face carnal death with peace and confidence (Foye, 1840).
Ordination is the administrative sacrament that separates the duties of the clergy from those of the congregation. The clergy family in itself has different levels with different qualifications. Clergy positions such as Bishops, Deacons, and Priests among others require variant levels of qualification to fit in their respective positions. Christ set aside some to teachers, preachers and healers within the Christian family for the perfect execution of the gospel. Ordination is all about mandating these people as per their callings, spiritual and carnal qualifications (Grn, 2009).
Finally, matrimony explain the legal partnership of a man and a lady who legally agree to live together as husband and wife in a mutually binding agreement. The sacramental quality of marriage however is derived from the Garden of Eden. Two Christians of different gender vow in the presence of men and God in front of an altar to keep the bond created between Man and woman in the story of creation. Family is the primary unit of church as per God requirements (Coye, 2014).
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